Leslie Heywood is Professor of English and Creative Writing at SUNY-Binghamton, where she was a 2009 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities. Interdisciplinary in focus, her areas are creative writing, science studies, environmental studies, gender studies, and sport studies.
On the creative side, her poetry has been published in Prairie Schooner, The Connecticut Review, Paterson Literary Review, Paddlefish, Louisiana Literature, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Caduceus, and others, and her poems “Telescope” and “Don’t Eat the Tuna” were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona, and the poetry books The Proving Grounds (Red Hen Press) and Natural Selection (Louisiana Literature Press). Lost Arts is forthcoming Fall 2012.
Creative non-fiction is a main focus, and she has published the memoir Pretty Good for a Girl (The Free Press/Simon & Schuster), and is the creative non-fiction editor of Ragazine. Her academic work includes Built to Win: The Female Athlete as Cultural Icon (University of Minnesota Press), Dedication to Hunger: The Anorexic Aesthetic in Modern Culture (University of California Press), Bodymakers: A Cultural Anatomy of Women’s Bodybuilding (Rutgers University Press), and Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism (University of Minnesota Press). She also edited The Women’s Movement Today: An Encyclopedia of Third Wave Feminism (Greenwood Reference), and has recently been published in journals such as Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience, Science and Education and The Evolutionary Review.
Contributions to Humans & Nature:
- Precious, But Not Human
A response to "What does it mean to be human?"
- Natural Selection: poems
Leslie Heywood's book of poetry shows the costs of treating each other and our environment as consumable and point toward a moral gravity the characters struggle to learn in order to do otherwise.